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The Best Coconut Muffins Recipe

Homemade coconut muffins are great for breakfast or dessert. A fun tropical baked good you can add bits of pineapple or nuts into them too. Fluffy, moist and a delicious Hawaiian treat that is family friendly.

coconut muffin recipe

If you love tropical flavors you’ll go nuts over these coconut muffins. Moist and fluffy inside with sweetened shredded coconut inside. Perfect breakfast or dessert that will make you smile. One of the best muffin recipes here on The Typical Mom blog. (affiliate links present)

Homemade Coconut Muffins

I bake a lot at home, but only some of it is homemade. THIS one is well worth the extra time I assure you. You see, I was born in HI and I guess that means I have the love for all things from the island.

We made this pineapple poke cake during the last holiday and it was such a hit I thought I’d make it palm sized, sorta’.

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Now let’s talk a bit about my favorite things when it comes to muffins though shall we?

  1. You really should get a 24 cup muffin pan, or opt for a quicker baking time with mini muffins.
  2. I ALWAYS use muffin liners and you should too. They make cleanup easier and grab and go breakfasts a thang. 😉
    1. No pan, no problem! You can use stiffer or silicone self standing muffin cups instead!
muffin recipe

Just like any other easy muffin recipe you want to mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately first. Then incorporate the two until smooth and add your add ins last! This is important so those don’t get broken down and fall apart. You want those to not only add flavor but a bit of texture as well.

Coconut Muffin Recipe

Beyond the obvious you could add other things like chopped nuts or diced pineapple. I just buy those snack size cups if I want to add the fruit. It is the perfect amount and I am not wasting the other portion of a whole can. Here we bake in the oven but you can make Air Fryer Coconut Muffins this way as well.

  1. All purpose flour
  2. Sweetened condensed milk or for a daily free and more intense flavor use coconut condensed milk
  3. Milk or almond milk is another option
  4. White sugar
  5. Oil
  6. Egg
  7. Baking powder and salt
  8. A splash of coconut extract can further enhance the flavors
  9. 2 large bowls to whisk ingredients together

Shredded and sweetened coconut flakes you can find in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips. I mean I guess you could add some of those too but not for me.

milk

Pineapple Coconut Muffins

Use a hand mixer, KitchenAid or just good old fashioned elbow grease to mix everything together. We made these into muffins and just sprayed the pan with non stick spray. I do like using paper muffin liners too if I have them on hand. If you’d rather make this into a coconut loaf that would take much longer to bake.

Usually it is a difference of about 20 minutes for muffins and 60 min. for a 9×5″ pan. Either way this turns out delicious. If you do want to add pineapple tidbits I’d gently fold them in at the end and 1/2 cup is just about right (or one snack cup drained).

Can I substitute coconut milk for milk in muffins?

Yes you can, the ratio is equal 1:1. This is great if you need a non-dairy alternative for baking. Just remember that the flavor is different than cow milk but in this case it would be a major plus. Just intensifying that island flavor you love with this one easy tweak. You can do this in all sorts of other things too like our Instant Pot coconut rice pudding and more.

muffin batter

To get started I would first spray your muffin tin holes or add muffin liners into the pan for an easier cleanup later. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  • In a bowl mix egg, oil, milk and sugar. Fold in your sweetened condensed milk. In another bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt together.
  • Slowly mix dry ingredients into your milk mixture until it’s smooth. Then fold in shredded sweetened coconut into the batter.

Fill muffin cups 3/4 of the way full and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean with crumbs attached.

Muffins with Coconut

Or to test I just gently touch in the center of one and if it bounces back I take them out immediately. Allow to cool in pan about 5 minutes and then remove from hot pan and set on cooling rack so they don’t continue to cook and dry out.

Another option is to make these in mini loaf pans and wrap them up for the holidays as gifts. You can divide the batter between about 6 of them and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. Same thing goes with this size, take out immediately once the top springs back.

The best way to make moist muffins is to NOT overbake them y’all. The is the biggest culprit to ruining any baked goods. You can jump to recipe below and get stated now. Let us know what you think. They’re a great brunch item served with a cup of dalgona coffee and friends.

Coconut Muffin recipe
Coconut Muffins

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Coconut Muffins

Homemade coconut muffins are great for breakfast or dessert. A fun tropical baked good you can add bits of pineapple or nuts into them too.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut, muffins, pineapple
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 245kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spray muffin tin holes or add muffin liners into pan. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a bowl mix egg, oil, milk and sugar. Then fold in condensed milk. In another bowl baking powder, flour and salt together.
  • Slowly mix dry ingredients into milk mixture until smooth. Then fold in shredded sweetened coconut into the batter.
  • Fill muffin cups 3/4 of the way full and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out mostly clean with crumbs attached.
  • Or you can gently touch in the center of one and if it bounces back take out immediately. Allow to cool in pan about 5 minutes and then remove from hot pan and set on cooling rack so they don't continue to cook and dry out.

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Nutrition Facts
Coconut Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 245 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 81mg4%
Potassium 203mg6%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 82IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dannii

Wednesday 6th of March 2024

These were so light and fluffy and the coconut flavour was amazing.

Erik

Wednesday 6th of March 2024

Is it bad to have these for breakfast and dessert in the same day? Love these!

Vicky

Wednesday 6th of March 2024

I love the flavor of coconut which makes me wonder why I have never made coconut muffins before now. Just tried and this and am so glad I did. Moist and delicious!

charah

Wednesday 6th of March 2024

Moist, fluffy, and bursting with coconut flavor, they're the perfect treat for any time of day. thank you for sharing.

Carrie Makinen

Monday 4th of September 2023

I had no choice but to make modifications. My condensed milk was expired so I made my own with milk, heavy cream and sugar. I was 1/4c shy of the all-purpose flour so I made up the difference with bread flour. They weren’t as fluffy so I won’t do that again, but they tasted great! I made icing with powdered sugar, heavy cream and coconut flakes to put on half for my boyfriend while muffins were still warm and he was a huge fan. Can’t wait to try again with all the ingredients!

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